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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs’ (OSEP’s) IDEA website.

This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP's Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources. As items are completed and added to this site, we invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations.

News

Dispute Resolution: Q and A document released by OSEP
This memo and question and answer document on dispute resolution were released in July 2013 and they provide guidance on mediation, State complaint procedures, due process complaints and hearing procedures, the resolution process and expedited due process hearings. This Q and A updates three previous memoranda as well as a previous Q and A document.
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
The new regulations for Part B of IDEA on parental consent for accessing public and private insurance were published on Thursday, February 14, 2013 and were effective on March 18, 2013.

Download as a PDF.
New Non-regulatory Guidance Document regarding when a State or local educational agency seeks to use a child's or parent's public benefits or insurance (e.g., Medicaid) to pay for Part B services was Posted on 6/13.
You can download this file in PDF format here.